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Ohio Ed. Panel Chair Says Public Schools ‘Socialist’

By Tribune News Service — November 03, 2015 1 min read

An Ohio lawmaker who has pushed to cut testing and also has called public education “socialism” has been named the new chairman of the state’s House education committee.

Rep. Andrew Brenner, a Republican, penned an online column last year calling public education a"socialist system” and stating that “the only long-run solution is to move to a more privatized system,” as Russia did a couple of decades ago. When some later criticized him with vulgarities, Brenner retorted, “I’m guessing those people had a public education.”

He later said he was being sarcastic, admitting he should have used a different choice of words.

A version of this article appeared in the November 04, 2015 edition of Education Week as Ohio Ed. Panel Chair Says Public Schools ‘Socialist’

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